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18 October, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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Krishak League leaders mired in controversy

Abu Jakir, Dhaka
Krishak League leaders mired in controversy

Top leaders of Bangladesh Krishak League, an affiliate organisation of ruling Awami League (AL), have got mired in controversies in recent times ranging from flouting party constitution to making ‘pocket committees’ and promoting leaders in exchange of money, party insiders allege. The issue has come to the fore at a time when leaders of the ruling party's other affiliate organisations like Awami Juba League and Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) are under the scanner for various charges including illegal casino business and extortion.

Sources concerned said Krishak League leadership especially the incumbent president and secretary have inducted many faces in various committees flouting party constitution. These leaders even made many ‘pocket committees’ while some were even promoted in exchange of money, they pointed.

The last council session of Krishak League was held in 2012 when Awami League president Sheikh Hasina finalised the central committee with 101 members. But now the total members of the committee have even crossed the mark of 200 due to irregularities by the nexus of incumbent president–secretary, the sources added.

The party insiders also alleged that top Krishak League leaders had given district committee posts to a number of leaders in exchange of money ranging from Tk 5 lakh to Tk 10 lakh. Allegations against the incumbent committee leaders were raised early this month. After the allegations surfaced, AL President Sheikh Hasina directed Krishak League General Secretary Khandaker Shamsul Haque to take immediate steps to hold its council session by November.

Later, the party higher-ups fixed the date of the triennial council session of Krishak League on November 6 at the historic Suhrawardy Udyan in the capital.

Following Hasina’s directives, Krishak League top brass has taken elaborate preparations for holding its triennial central council session in a befitting manner.

Krishak League Senior Vice-President Khan Altaf Hossain Bulu alleged that there should be only 16 vice-presidents according to the organisation’s constitution. “But there are currently over 50 vice-presidents. This is a gross violation of the party constitution,” he said.

“I hope, Prime Minister Hasina will take note of this matter in the upcoming council session and take strong action against those involved in such irregularities,” he added.

He also urged Sheikh Hasina to bring those corrupt Krishak League leaders to justice as she did in case of Juba League and BCL leaders.

Krishak League Organising Secretary Asaduzzaman Biplab yesterday said there were many allegations against their top leaders, including the president and secretary. “The way they have sold different positions of the Krishak League is tantamount to a crime,” he added.

“Our organisational chief, Sheikh Hasina, had approved a committee with 101 members at its last council session. But the number of members has now crossed 200,” he said.

“Besides, top leaders of Krishak League also established different pocket committees at the grassroots level in exchange of money,” he added.

This correspondent tried to contact the Krishak League president and secretary over the phone several times, but they could not be reached.

Meanwhile, a preparatory meeting was held at the Krishak League headquarters at Bangabandhu Avenue in the city Monday.

All central leaders, including the organisation’s president and secretary, attended the meeting, where many leaders expressed annoyance over the functioning of the president and secretary, meeting sources said.

Meanwhile, the aspirant leaders have started hectic lobbying with the top AL leaders to get better positions in the affiliate body through the upcoming council session. They also called upon their organisational chief not to induct corrupt leaders in the new committee.

Khandaker Samsul Haque Reza, Khan Altaf Hossain Bulu, Sharif Ashraf, Akbar Ali Khan, Motahar Hossain Molla, Sheikh Jahangir Hossain are some of the aspirants for the post of president, while Shamiran Chanda, Sakhawat Hossain, Asaduzzaman Biplab and Atiqul Haque are aspirants for the post of the organisation’s general secretary.

There are seven affiliate bodies of the ruling party. These are: Bangladesh Mahila Awami League, Bangladesh Krishak League, Awami Juba League, Awami Swechchhasebak League, Awami Ainjibee Parishad, Bangladesh Tanti League and Juba Mahila League.

Council sessions will be held for Bangladesh Krishak League on November 6, Jatiya Sramik League on November 9, Awami Swechchhasebak League on November 16 and Awami Juba League on November 23.

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Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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